30 episodes

A talk show about the history of the United States and the Americas from a leftist economic perspective. Recorded twice weekly in Newton, Massachusetts.

Arsenal for Democracy Bill Humphrey

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    • 4.6 • 15 Ratings

A talk show about the history of the United States and the Americas from a leftist economic perspective. Recorded twice weekly in Newton, Massachusetts.

    The Boston Associates, Part III: The Doomed Whigs – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 457

    The Boston Associates, Part III: The Doomed Whigs – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 457

    How some of the most powerful, wealthy political players in antebellum Massachusetts went from controlling state politics completely to hopelessly funding the Constitutional Union Party in 1860. [Continued from parts I and II] Theme music by Stunt Bird. Links and notes for ep. 457 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/AFD-Ep-457-Links-and-Notes-1IR_-The-Boston-Associates-Part-III_-The-Doomed-Whigs.pdf

    • 32 min
    The Boston Associates, Part II: The Invention of American Philanthropy – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 456

    The Boston Associates, Part II: The Invention of American Philanthropy – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 456

    As an early group of 19th century Boston investors became even richer with less effort, via textile production, and as society became more alienated, they turned from charity to philanthropy to protect their power (and to have something to do). [Continued from part I.] Links and notes for ep. 456 … Read more

    • 14 min
    The Boston Associates, Part I: Rise of the Machines – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 455

    The Boston Associates, Part I: Rise of the Machines – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 455

    In the 1810s, a close-knit group of rich investors based in Boston decided to adopt and adapt emerging industrial capitalism, via the textile industry, in a way that would preserve and grow their existing wealth and power. The Waltham-Lowell System was born. Links and notes for ep. 455 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/AFD-Ep-455-Links-and-Notes-1IR_-The-Boston-Associates.pdf … Read more

    • 1 hr 3 min
    [Unlocked] Feb 9, 2021 – State-Level Labor Law, Part II – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 349

    [Unlocked] Feb 9, 2021 – State-Level Labor Law, Part II – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 349

    To prepare for a series on early industrial Massachusetts we’re unlocking this episode from Patreon: Bill and Rachel examine what an 1842 Massachusetts court decision can tell us about the process of industrialization and the emergence of labor unions and what parallels we can draw for modern gig workers. Links … Read more

    • 38 min
    [Unlocked] May 11, 2021 – Military Resistance to the Vietnam War – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 373

    [Unlocked] May 11, 2021 – Military Resistance to the Vietnam War – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 373

    Unlocked from our Patreon: Bill and Rachel discuss the 2005 documentary “Sir! No Sir!” on US military service members who resisted the Vietnam War. Links and notes for ep. 373 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/Bonus-AFD-Ep-373-Links-and-Notes-Military-Resistance-to-the-Vietnam-War.pdf Theme music by Stunt Bird.

    • 36 min
    Dec 27, 2022 – 1872, 1922, and 1972 in review – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 454

    Dec 27, 2022 – 1872, 1922, and 1972 in review – Arsenal For Democracy Ep. 454

    Bill and Rachel discuss some interesting American history topics from 150, 100, and 50 years ago that did not make the cut for their own full anniversary episodes this year. Links and notes for ep. 454 (PDF): http://arsenalfordemocracy.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/AFD-Ep-454-Links-and-Notes-2022-Year-End-Anniversary-Roundup-Episode.pdf Theme music by Stunt Bird.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

trl1994 ,

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Great podcast for those interested in progressive policy.

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Very smart

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Love it

Less Greg would be even better, but it's a great show.

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